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BBC Radio Programme on Tolkien’s Forest: Mirkwood

On 17 October 2018, BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a 15 minute programme at 10.45 pm (BST) on Tolkien’s Forest of Mirkwood.

From the Radio Times: “Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough is joined by Mark Atherton from Oxford university for a walk through J.R.R. Tolkien’s forest, uncovering the influence of the woodiest of Norse sagas on the creation of Middle-earth.

Dr Mark Atherton will discuss Tolkien’s forests in this programme

It is likely to be available after broadcast for over a year here:

from the BBC iPlayer website: There’s a shadow creeping across the forest in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Nature may be incorruptible but the creatures of the forest cannot withstand the relentless march of evil. Slowly but surely the songbirds are replaced by giant spiders, black squirrels and rampaging goblins…

The first programme was about forests in the work of William Morris, which also name-checked Tolkien:

Other programmes deal with the Brothers Grimm, The Jungle Book and A.A. Milne.

About the Author: Michael Flowers
I am a self-employed wildlife guide. I take people to beautiful places to learn about their local nature. I've been reading Tolkien from the age of 9, and have recently become interested in Tolkien's time in East Yorkshire during WW1. I completed a Masters degree from the University of Sheffield in the Victorian Ghost Stories of Ellen [Mrs Henry] Wood.